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Monday, February 23, 2015

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - Sleeping Bear Dunes

A loooonnnngggg over due post on Janeen's Adventures to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

On November 3rd, Janeen had the day off from teaching and decided it was a perfect day for a fall road trip to see the beautiful fall landscape and visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

I honestly don't know how it's now February 23rd and I'm just now sharing these lovely photos with you.  My regrets!

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in Michigan


For more information about this National Park CLICK HERE

FUN FACT:  Sleeping Bear Dunes was recognized as The Most Beautiful Place in America
by ABC's Good Morning America 



November 3rd, 2014 Janeen writes: 

I had the day off today so we decided to take a road trip.  We enjoyed a day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  The Fall color is just about gone here in the Mitten. But it's beautiful here anytime of the year!
The views from atop of the Sleeping Bear Dunes are amazing! Beautiful Caribbean blue water. We visited two very popular spots in the park. Pyramid Point was our first stop. The short hike through the woods and up the Dune was worth the views that greeted us!


February Update:  This month Janeen is bundled up for the dead of winter that has invaded the Mitten.  She's an avid outdoors woman and appears to find enjoyment regardless of the elements Mother Nature throws her way.

Shown in the photo below she's enjoying the 5K Winter Snowstorm Snowshoe event held earlier this month.


SHOP HERE  for the tees Janeen wore during her visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes 

and save 10% when you use coupon code:  Janeen 

Friday, February 20, 2015

No Bake Mississippe Mud Pie - Lazy@The Lake Recipe

Lazy@The Lake Recipe
No Bake Mississippi Mud Pie with Oreo Crust/Topping


Yesterday, we hosted the local real estate community during our monthly  
3rd Thursday Locals Social at The Boatique in Log Cabin.

We are starting to get a reputation for serving delicious desserts so much so, even our customers are sharing their favorite family recipes and asking that we make and serve them at our events!  This is so special for a couple of reasons:
  1.  It saves us from pre-event recipe testing and tasting.  You can tell a good recipe simply by looking  at the recipe card or paper it's been written on.  Worn or aged paper, stains, tears and folds all add to the vetting process.  
  2.  It's a compliment when a recipe is shared.  Makes us feel like family and we love that!
This recipe was texted to me along with a plea:  PLEASE make this for your next event, my sister in law made this over Christmas and it's to die for! 

And yes, Lanette and Christy were correct, everyone loved the Mississippi Mud Pie and asked for the recipe.  So here it is, you'll want to make this - soon. 

Grocery List:

One (1) Package of Oreo Cookies (regular - do not buy double stuff, they have too much filling)
1/4 cup butter, melted
Two (2) Small Packages of Instant Chocolate Pudding
Two (2) 8 oz containers of Cool Whip - thawed
One (1) brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese - soften
Three (3) cups of Milk



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Yes, add the WHOLE cookie to the processor




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This is what the cookies will look like when ground properly

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Pour crumb mixture into serving vessel (pie plate, cake pan, custard cups, whatever)  


FIRST STEP:
Open Oreos
Taste a cookie to insure freshness.  If unable to make determination, taste another. 
Place 24 whole Oreo cookies in your food processor
turn on and let the cookies turn into crumbs.  They will look like coffee grounds when ready to use.
Once ground, with blades turning add melted butter just until mixed into the cookie crumbs. 
Remove blade and fold with spatula to insure butter is mixed in well.
Set aside 1/8 cup for garnish

Pour remaining cookie mixture into serving vessel, press until firm and chill for one hour.  

NEXT STEP:
Using a mixer
Mix one cup of the thawed cool whip with the soften cream cheese.  Whip until smooth
pour over the chilled crust and spread evenly with spatula.

NEXT:
Mix 3 cups of cold milk with 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding, whip 2 minutes until frothy and pour over cream cheese layer and spread evenly.

FINAL STEP:  Use remaining cool whip - spread desired amount over chocolate pudding and top with remaining oreo cookie crumbs.  (we like to use a healthy amount of topping - don't be stingy here)

Chill for an hour before serving.  Enjoy!

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No Bake Mississippi Mud Pie with Oreo crust and topping

NOTE: Because, we were serving in the store we used paper serving cups which did add to the labor.  Don't let that scare you - the recipe is intended to be made in a cake or pie plate 
and served family style.





Friday, February 13, 2015

Lake Themed Valentines To Share


You love the lake.  You love those who love the lake.  We thought you might like a Valentine's Card a little different than the ones you get at the grocery store.

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lazy @The Lake Recipes by Request

The 3rd Thursday  - Ladies Day Out 
Lazy@The Lake Recipes

My friend Victoria owns a darling boutique just around the corner from Lakehouse Outfitters online distribution facility and Boatique in the small town of Log Cabin, Texas.  She and I have become friends and allies as we happen to be the only two locally owned and operated lake retailers on the south end of Cedar Creek Lake.  

Victoria was one of our first customers this past July as we moved into a former liquor store to run the online portion of our business and dabble in a bit of local retail trade.  Our building is just around the corner from her boutique Hallelujahs Devine Designs which is housed in a former church. As I'm writing I almost laugh aloud - this it's kinda funny how it seems like we both found the perfect places that fit our styles and personalities to a tee.  

We've collaborated on several advertising ventures and events, one of our most popular has become our 3rd Thursday Ladies Day Out.  It's a social, sip'n and shoppin' type event the third Thursday of every month from 3P-6P in the afternoon.  We have Happy Hour Food & Drink, Deals and Door prizes.  Mostly locals attend and are quit happy for the mid-month distraction.

The two most heard comments from this event are:

  1. Oh what fun!  I hope you ladies will continue to have these
  2. The desserts are yummy - can I get the recipe
The answer to both is YES!

By popular demand - here are the two most recent recipes from 3rd Thursday.  
Disclaimer - These are Not my original recipes, but adapted as I went along.  
Enjoy!

Green Fluff


An oldie but goodie and oh so easy to make!
Some might know it as Pistachio Fluff or Pistachio Dessert Salad.

NO BAKING and comes together in less than 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 4 oz package of INSTANT pistachio Jell-O pudding Mix
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup shelled/roasted pistachios chopped
1 8 oz container cool whip - thawed
Optional - toasted coconut

In a large mixing bowl: Mix together the pudding and the crushed pineapple with juice until blended.  Add marshmallows and nuts.  Fold in thawed cool whip until blended.  Fold with wooden spoon or spatula, gently to mix together (do not beat).  Spoon into single serving vessels such as stemless wine glasses, simply baked paper cups or custard dessert cups OR simply serve in the bowl.

Top with additional pistachios or toasted coconut for additional crunch.  Both compliment this recipe very well.  

Either way - chill the salad for a minimum of one hour until ready to serve.  Will hold in refer for a couple of days.  
I found the recipe online HERE


No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Another easy recipe that requires NO COOKING

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup +/- pumpkin puree (not filling, this is the raw pumpkin in cans most often used to bake pies)
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of cloves
Optional Caramel Syrup (such as you would pour over ice cream)

In a mixing bowl whisk the whipped cream on high until froth, a couple of minutes
Add powder sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form (this is when the whip cream holds it shape when you stop beating it)
Transfer whipped cream to a separate bowl.  
USING THE SAME BOWL as you whipped the cream in add:
Cream cheese and caramel (if you're using it - about 3 TBSP) mix together until smooth
Add pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and mix with the cream cheese mixture until well combined.  
Fold in one cup of the prepared whipping cream.
Mix together until smooth.

Using a piping bag or a zip lock with the corner cut, pipe pumpkin mixture into ramekins or simply baked cups for easy clean up.  Pipe a dollop of reserved whipped cream on top of each and sprinkle with cinnamon.  
Chill for at least an hour - these also hold very well for a couple/three days in the fridge.

I found this recipe HERE

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We used  the small Simply Baked paper cups for our December event.
Festive and delish!

SIDE NOTE:  This whip cream recipe holds up so well.  The appearance did not change even after being help over two days.  Leftovers for our best customers with a sweet tooth!
 It's now my go to whip cream recipe.


If you're in need of some easy recipes that feed a crowd over the holidays  - these two are perfect and your guests will be in awe of your culinary talents.  :-)

Merry Christmas ~  Cindy










Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yummy Snacks for Christmas At the Lake - Moose Munch

I don't know about you but I love cooking and making things that my friends and family love.   Especially when it's something they don't expect.  Such is the case with my recent attempt to make home-made moose munch.  If you're not familiar Moose Munch is basically caramel corn with nuts and chocolate.

The idea came to me as I was listening to my hubs order Christmas gifts for his corporate clients.  He was on the phone with Moose Munch headquarters ordering dozens of tins to be delivered to offices all across the country and I started to think how yummy that stuff is.  All of the sudden, I'm on Pinterest and Google looking for recipes.  I needed Moose Munch now!

I found a couple of recipes that looked good and went with the one that matched the ingredients I had on hand.  It was A-MAZ-ING!  Almost as amazing as my husbands reaction when he came in the kitchen to find home made Moose Munch - to die for.

Start by popping some popcorn.  We don't have a popper so I just popped it in a heavy pan that had a lid with a steam hole which worked like a charm.  Two batches - EZ PZ.

Place the popped corn in a deep, oiled roasting pan and put in the over at 250 degrees while you're making your caramel sauce.

If you like nuts, you'll want to sprinkle your preference (I used mixed cocktail nuts) over the popcorn before I put it in the oven.  More or less to your liking.


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While it's roasting in the oven....

Make the Caramel Sauce:


  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar 
  • 1/4 c. honey
Mix together all ingredients to dissolve, stir until mixture comes to a boil.  Let it boil for 5 minutes - set the timer and let it do it's thing.

At the end of the 5 minutes, bring the popcorn out of the oven and pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn nut mixture.  Stir to coat and place back in the oven for 30 minutes - stirring the mixture at the end of 15 minutes to coat the popcorn and nuts with the caramel goodness.  

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At the end of the 30 minutes, prepare a space on the counter by placing two large pieces of wax paper out as a resting place for your hot caramel corn mixture.

Remove the caramel corn from the oven and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips (again, more or less depending on how chocolate you want it) gently mix and spread it out on the wax paper to cool.  



Once cool and crispy eat and eat and eat and eat!  If there's any left,  keep it fresh by storing in a air tight container.

There are tons of recipes out there.  I used THIS ONE from An Oregon Cottage as my road map - taking a few detours along the way to make it match what I had in my head.  

The good news with Moose Munch is that you can't go wrong!  Hope you're enjoying time at the lake house and making Moose Munch this holiday season.

Enjoy!  

Cindy




Sunday, November 23, 2014

The quintessential lake house decor - it's a sign

As we're surfing the net we love seeing how simple can be so spectacular when it comes to decorating at the lake house - or anywhere for that matter.

Here are a few of our most recent favorite finds - which includes one of our favorite design elements...signs for the lake house.

Yep, it's a sign.

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Darling - Functioning Entry at the Lake House  w/reclaimed door hanging above

We loved the painted reclaimed door hanging in this entry so much we were inspired to create and offer a similar vintage style sign to our customers.


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Available in two sizes:  14" x 36" and 17" x 44"

Check out all of our new arrival products including new vintage style sign designs HERE


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lake House, Beach House or Your House. We've gotchya covered. . .


If you follow this blog, you know we love market samples.  A few years ago we had a 5,000 sq foot industrial retail space in Dallas (on Irving Blvd) that was filled several times a year with market sample inventory.  As a new business attempting to launch in a failing economy, this merchandise strategy is what helped us develop and grow our customer base and more than a few friendships.

Now that we have the new location in Log Cabin, Texas we are excited to bring samples back into the mix.

If you're not familiar with market samples, here's a brief introduction:  Market samples are wholesale product samples recently retired from the floor of wholesale showrooms.  They are not considered used furniture/decor as they've never been inside a personal residence.  Yet conditions can be less than perfect due to the wear and tear of the wholesale showroom; as they've been on display for retail buyers that come to market several times each year to buy merchandise for their respective retail stores. Because of our relationships with wholesale showroom managers we often have the opportunity to sell their samples and give our customers an opportunity to buy well below suggested retail.

This week we were granted that opportunity and last night we unloaded a cargo van and a 12 foot trailer of furniture, decor and accessories that would work in any town home, lake house, cabin, beach house, hunting cabin or condo.

Below we show you a few of our favorite pieces.
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Westinford Birdcage Candleholder
$85.00


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Vaneta Woven Nesting Tables - set 3
$175.00


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Abella Buffet w/Zinc Top
$575

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Twin Sails Framed Oil
40" x 50" x 2.25
$185.00

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Eureka Wood Console
$225.00

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$475.00



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$150.00


Find all the sweet pieces and even sweeter deals at our Log Cabin location this weekend.

Lakehouse Outfitters Online Distribution and Boatique
located at:  5300 SH 198, Log Cabin, TX
903-489-9111
OPEN Saturday 10 - 4
OPEN Sunday 1 - 4

DIRECTIONS FROM DALLAS/METRO AREA
South on 175 towards Kaufman
EXIT onto Hiway 198  at Mabank
Travel south towards Malakoff on 198 to Lakehouse Outfitters
Once you cross the second Cedar Creek Lake bridge our location is on the left.

DIRECTIONS FROM  HIWAY 31
In Malakoff - take Hiway 198 NORTH for approx. 4 miles
Our building will be on your right

We are located across from the new Dollar General and Stroud Construction




Friday, October 31, 2014

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures to Manistee Pier and Lighthouse

I'll admit it.  It's difficult for me to get my head around wearing a long sleeve tee or hoodie when I'm soaking wet from sweat while working in 90 degree heat and high humidity, which was the case this week as we prepped for First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas.   As we unpack our latest shipment we're all thinking the same thing.

Thank goodness for Janeen!

We notice on Janeen's facebook page there's a chance of snow on Halloween and at the same time we're looking at the calendar to be sure it's really October and not July!  Yep, Janeen is a much better candidate for modeling long sleeve lake wear tees than anyone in Texas and there's always the fringe benefit of feeling like we're tagging along Janeen's On Lake Time adventure once we see her photos.

This past weekend was no different.  Janeen and her producer/photographer hubs set out to do some sight seeing around Lake Michigan and specifically Manistee Pier and Lighthouse.  A beautiful setting for a Lake Life Apparel photo shoot if we do say so ourself.

We hope you enjoy her photos as much as we do.

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Janeen's beautiful view on her home lake at sunset
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